Dale Lindsey

Dale Lindsey
No. 51, 54
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1943-01-18) January 18, 1943
Place of birth: Bedford, Indiana
Career information
College: Kentucky, Western Kentucky
NFL Draft: 1965 / Round: 7 / Pick: 97
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Phillip Dale Lindsey (born January 18, 1943) is a former American football linebacker and coach in the National Football League. He also spent time as a coach in the Canadian Football League and the United States Football League. He is the current head coach at the University of San Diego.[1]

Early life

Lindsey attended and played high school football at Bowling Green High School in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he was an All-State player.

College career

After high school, Lindsey signed with the University of Kentucky, where he was part of the infamous Thin Thirty team, but quit the team in the spring of his freshman year. He then transferred to Western Kentucky University, where he starred on WKU's undefeated 1963 team that won the Tangerine Bowl.

Professional career

As a player

Lindsey was drafted in the seventh round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, where he played from 1965 to 1972. He then signed with the New Orleans Saints in 1973.

As a coach

After his playing career, Lindsey was a coach for several different NFL teams, including the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears and the San Diego Chargers. He was also a coach for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and the Boston Breakers and the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League.

In 1988, Coach Lindsey joined Forrest Gregg at SMU. As the Defensive Coordinator, he helped to revitalize the historic SMU football program after the NCAA executed its one and only death penalty for a college football program. Based upon the devastation of this cruel and unusual penalty, the NCAA spared the Florida Gators, the next program whose violations warranted the penalty. During the 1989 season, SMU's first season back after 1987, Coach Lindsey's defense was instrumental in SMU's wins over UConn and North Texas.

He was terminated as the linebackers coach for the Washington Redskins on January 16, 2007.[2] This was his second stint with Washington. He was one of several former NFL coordinators serving as a position coach on the Redskins' coach staff.

Lindsey had a reputation with the Redskins as a tough coach. His feud with LaVar Arrington during the 2005 season led to Arrington's release and subsequent signing with the New York Giants.

Lindsey, now a resident of San Diego, California, lost his home in the wildfires of October 2007.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
San Diego Toreros (Pioneer Football League) (2013–present)
2013 San Diego 8–3 0–0
2014 San Diego 9–3 7–1 T–1st L FCS First Round
2015 San Diego 9–2 7–1 T–1st
2016 San Diego 10–1 8–0 1st FCS
San Diego: 36–9 22–2
Total: 36–9
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Sports Network poll.


  1. "Dale Lindsey Named USD Head Football Coach". USDToreros.com. December 29, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
  2. "Redskins dismiss linebackers coach". The Washington Times. January 16, 2007. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
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